January 15, 2017

Maternity Photos

We went all out with our 1950’s inspired maternity pictures when I was pregnant with Rowan. I love those photos and still admire them on our picture wall along our staircase every time I walk by them. But that pregnancy was easy. It was easy and my first and a big cheery photoshoot felt representative of that. I was a different person then. This pregnancy has been a light in my life when I was very much in the dark but because of my health issues, has also been much harder. I’m still enjoying it but there’s so much more going on. Weird/hard symptoms, I already have a child to watch and entertain and care for and overall more emotional for me. I felt like I wanted a more stripped down maternity shoot this time because that’s how I feel right now. Stripped down to my rawest self and navigating a lot of change. With that comes a feeling of chaos but also a calmness within myself to handle it all. These feelings sparked my idea for this simple shoot. I also wanted it to have a 1960’s vibe, with grain and grit and maybe Lana Del Rey was playing in the background as these pictures were brought to life. I was hesitant to even share them because yes, I’m technically in my underwear.. but realized that their point is the celebration of the pregnancy and the body that I was thankfully given to carry it out. It’s no different than bikini pictures on the beach anyway. I absolutely love the way that they came out and will cherish them and this time in my life. I can’t wait to meet our newest little birdie come March.

January 13, 2017

Bumpdate / Week 31

How far along: 31 weeks, 3 days.

Baby size: Over 16 inches and about 3 1/3 pounds.

Must have items: Cocoa butter lotion, chapstick, tons of water, and back/foot massages from Derek because this mama has been SO SORE. 

New symptoms: My stomach feels crazy tight now, like it couldn’t stretch any more which sucks because I still have 9 weeks to go. Also, the baby has been kicking so much in one spot that it feels like she’s bruised it from the inside and every time she kicks/hits there now it’s super painful. My hip and back pain is horrible every day and sometimes I catch myself doing the “pregnant waddle”.. so that’s fun. Using the restroom all the time and feeling like I can't breath sucks. Oh and all of my “boat symptoms” came back when I got Rowan’s cold over winter break and they still haven’t gone away yet. Basically I’ve gotten crazy uncomfortable but I’m trying to stay positive and enjoy the pregnancy while it lasts. I say this all the time but it’s going by so fast. 

Sleep: The baby kicks wake me up multiple times a night but I can always fall right back to sleep so it’s been good. I’ve still had RLS but not every night. 

Cravings: No cravings right now, I’m just trying to eat as healthy as I can. Except for on the weekends. Weekends are fair game. 

Baby movements: Some are painful at this point but her little movements are still my favorite experience. I will say, this baby feels way stronger than Rowan did for whatever reason. I’ve even googled “girl names that mean strength” because she’s so strong and active in my belly. Didn’t like any of the girl names that popped up by the way.  

Gender: Girl

Favorite moment: Rowan talking to the baby and “kissing her” goodbye when I drop her off at school. 

Least favorite moment: See “new symptoms” above. 

December 27, 2016

Baby Shower

Yesterday was my baby shower and let me just tell you,  i t   w a s   t h e   b e s t. My friends put everything together without telling me any details other than the date of the shower. I had no clue what they were up to until I got there and it was an amazing surprise. I am a HUGE fan of the show Parks and Recreation and they went with that as a theme, but also had it at an adorable little tea place. It was clever, hilarious, cute and absolutely perfect and I’m so grateful to Julia and Dez for putting it all together for me and to everyone who attended. All of the little details were so good, the games were fun, the gifts (diapers and wipes only! although a couple of people snuck in other gifts as well) were perfect and much appreciated. I’m just a happy mama. I can’t believe we’re going to have another little lady in a few short months... I hope she likes Aziz Ansari as much as I do because she’ll be rocking a onesie with his face on it come March lol. I’m feeling very thankful and loved. 🤗

Please excuse a few blurry photos but I had pictures taken from my DSLR, my phone, other people’s phones and it’s just an assortment of fun moments that I didn’t want to leave out of this post just because they weren’t crystal clear.

December 26, 2016

Christmas Day

Our Christmas was pretty awesome this year. Everyone was in good spirits and really, when you have a kid, that’s enough to make your day. No tantrums, woot woot! We woke up at 6am and started the present opening... My parent’s slept over Christmas Eve so they could spend Christmas morning with us so I made an eggs benedict casserole to pop in the oven Christmas morning so I could just hang with everyone and take pictures/open presents instead of dealing with lots of cooking. Everyone loved all of their gifts from Santa & Rowan got everything she put on her wishlist so she scored. After presents we ate breakfast (cinnamon rolls for Rowan) and hung out for a couple of hours until we left to see the movie Sing, which was super cute. After the movie we were off to have dinner and visit with my brother-in-law’s family where we enjoyed carne asada burritos and played Pie Face. I highly recommend this game, it's so fun and hilarious. After visiting the family we headed home, got ready for bed, in our comfy pjs and watched some of The Office until bedtime. It was the perfect Christmas. I hope that you all had a great day as well and although I’m sad that Christmas is over, I’m very excited to ring in the new year and all that comes with it. Happy holidays!

December 24, 2016

Holiday Music EP

I threw together a simple Christmas EP, including the White Christmas cover from last year. Hope you all enjoy and happy holidays!

You can listen here or click on the “music” tab above.

December 22, 2016

Christmas Cookies

Today is the first day of Rowan’s winter break so we started it off with some cookie baking, complete with Christmas music on blast, giggling and a sneaky little elf who couldn’t resist dipping a finger into the frosting every 20 seconds. I really don’t want the holidays to end..